In our continued efforts to support students, Penn State Brandywine is committed to establishing venues for identifying and aiding students in distress.
If identified early on and provided with appropriate support, students are equipped with the skill sets necessary to succeed in college. This online referral system is designed to identify students who are at risk in different ways, including:
- Personal health or wellness (i.e. students who continue to exhibit symptoms of impaired health, even after appropriate referral to a health provider);
- Students exhibiting behaviors or expressing comments which have the potential to impact the safety of themselves or others;
- Students exhibiting strange or bizarre behavioral patterns that have the potential for impaired performance and/or disruption to others; and/or
- Extreme changes in behavioral patterns (i.e. hyperactivity or very rapid speech, depressed or lethargic mood, deterioration in hygiene, etc.)
**Note: For mental health emergencies related to imminent danger to self or others, please call 911 immediately.
How will this work?
Complete a Counseling Referral Form.
Penn State Brandywine employees will have the opportunity to identify and confidentially report concerns related to student behavior as it relates to wellness and safety. Depending on the nature of the concern, the Office of Student Affairs and Counseling Services staff will receive the submissions and screen them for priority standing. Typically, individuals from these offices will reach out to the employee to gather any additional information and discuss potential resolutions. While it is common for the employee to often intervene as a first response, Counseling Services is also happy to reach out to the student and offer a variety of health and wellness services.
The Office of Student Affairs, in conjunction with Counseling Services, will provide liaison and follow-up as required, and will maintain documentation of form submissions, outreach and referral. This system is not meant to replace individual interventions by faculty and staff and should only be used if other direct methods have been tried and failed! This system is also not meant to replace BW-Alert, which is used when students are missing in action (MIA).
What other resources are available?
Faculty and staff may find the following additional resources helpful when responding to student behaviors that are of concern:
Mental Health Concerns – Protocol for Managing Serious Emotional or Psychological Situations:
- Student Life Resources